The way you design your kitchen layout determines how efficiently you can breeze through all the kitchen activities saving loads of time and energy. Have you ever analyzed your kitchen’s workflow? An efficient kitchen workflow will not just prove to be a time savior but can significantly enhance your cooking experience. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or designing a new one, the tips below can come handy and prove beneficial even if you make small tweaks to your kitchen to improve the workflow.

1.     Understanding the Major Activities with a Kitchen

There are mainly three main activities under which other sub-activities within the kitchen can be categorized into.

  • Preparation
    • Preparing and setting up food (cutting, mixing with or without using appliances)
    • Access to consumable  items required for cooking (Pantry- small or big)
    • Non-consumable items needed for preparation (Cutlery, dishes)
  • Washing/Cleaning
    • Washing food items before cooking (Vegetables etc.)
    • Washing Utensils after cooking (use of sink and/or dishwasher)
  • Cooking
    • Using a Cooktop
    • Cooking with other appliances (Microwave or oven etc.)

The ratio of space required by each activity also depends on your cooking style. For example, if you are into baking, you may need more worktop space for preparation than an elaborate cooking area.

Basic Kitchen Workflow

Basic Kitchen Workflow

2.     Master the Working Triangle of Kitchen Workflow

The above activities generally function best if they are placed at each corner of the triangle. While designing or redesigning the layout of your kitchen, the first rule is to put these three major activities in a way that they form a triangle between themselves. This is called the “Working Triangle.”

The shape of the triangle will naturally vary according to the shape of your overall kitchen space. The working triangle becomes all the more critical when more than one person is working in the kitchen to avoid conflict of activities and movement.

Placement of Various activities in different types of Kitchen to maximize workflow

Placement of Various activities in different types of Kitchen to maximize workflow


3.     Keep the electrical appliances at a safe distance from wet areas (washing/cleaning zones)

A minimum distance of one feet or 30 centimetres should be maintained to avoid mishaps in case of water splashes.

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4.     Group like items together

This goes for keeping consumable together whether in cold storage or pantry. Ideally, the pantry and the refrigerator should be placed next to each other so that it is easier to grab all the ingredients in one go without running around the whole kitchen. Same applies to appliances that are used together, like a cooktop near the oven.


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